United States Global Leadership Campaign at the
Address presented by President George W. Bush
10:00 AM First Lady Laura Bush is introduced to speak on behalf of her current efforts in
10:10 AM President George W. Bush is introduced by the First Lady. Begins by announcing his presence at next week’s G8 summit in
The President discussed at length pertinent trade issues. He began by stating, “Trade is the best way to improve countries and the lives of their people.” Increased access to trade relieves the burden of debt on developing nations. Using a recent trip to
President Bush also addressed the recent Peru-Columbia-South Korea FTA negotiations saying that free trade is the best way to lift people out of poverty. He followed with, “If you’re interested in helping poor people, you should be interested in trade.”
He reminded the audience that he supported the multilateral FTI two years ago at Gleneagles (Education FTI and Global Fund FTI). President Bush also prided his administration on the fact that they canceled $3.4 billion worth of debt owned by five countries.
He encouraged Congress to re approve spending budgets in Africa by 2010 so the
Bush then reaffirmed his efforts in the past two years concerning education, disease, and infrastructure initiatives in
10:45 AM President Bush concluded his speech.